Patents Examined by Joseph A Greenlund
  • Patent number: 10006429
    Abstract: A fuel injector includes a housing defining a longitudinal bore having a proximal end and a distal end, a high pressure fuel duct in communication with the longitudinal bore and a valve seat including a valve seat surface and an aperture at the distal end of the longitudinal bore. A poppet valve is disposed in the longitudinal bore and includes a valve head that is engageable with the valve seat surface. An actuator device is disposed at the proximal end of the longitudinal bore and a hydraulic coupler is disposed between the actuator and the poppet valve within the longitudinal bore. The hydraulic coupler defines a chamber that receives low pressure fuel for providing a hydraulic lash adjuster between the actuator and the poppet valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Battiston, Robert D. Straub
  • Patent number: 9999894
    Abstract: A tree sprinkler comprising curved articulating watering extensions pivotally connected to a central tubular housing, allowing the sprinkler to be placed around the trunk of a tree. The pivotal connections allow the extensions to open to any size. The extensions are preferably rigid and have nozzles or the like to spray the trunk of the tree or shrubs. The extensions may be removable and/or extendable to accommodate varying sizes of trees or shrubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Robert W Becktell
  • Patent number: 9992939
    Abstract: An emitter (120) is arranged inside a tube and is constituted by a resin molded body that has at least a recessed part and a through hole. The emitter (120) has a screen part, an intake volume adjusting part, a pressure reducing part, a discharge volume adjusting part, and a discharge part. The screen part is constituted by a slit (301) and a recessed part that intersects the slit (301) when seen in plan view. The discharge part includes an infiltration preventing part that is for preventing the infiltration of foreign matter from the discharge opening of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kidachi
  • Patent number: 9982641
    Abstract: A valve assembly for a fluid injection valve may comprise a valve body, a valve needle moving in a cavity of the valve body, an armature in the cavity for actuating the valve needle, and a particle retainer. The cavity may extend axially through the valve body to connect a fluid inlet end to a fluid outlet end of the valve body and have a valve seat adjacent to the fluid outlet end. The first portion of the cavity may limit movement of the armature in the axial direction towards the fluid outlet end by a bottom surface having a central opening from which a second portion of the cavity extends towards the fluid outlet end. The shaft of the valve needle may extend through the opening into the second portion. The particle retainer element may bear on the bottom surface, circumferentially surrounding the shaft of the valve needle and overlapping the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Edoardo Giorgetti, Lucca Matteucci
  • Patent number: 9975197
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shaping and welding device and process of connector pipes or dowels (1) primarily intended for use in compressors. More specifically the process presented here concerns the shaping and welding of copper pipes (1) used as connectors for suction, discharge and process, the metal housing (2) of hermetic compressors, with the goal of making this equipment much more practical, efficient and economical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool, S.A.
    Inventors: Moises Alves de Oliveira, Sergio Luiz Maganhoto
  • Patent number: 9974246
    Abstract: An anchoring device for a self-propelled irrigation system includes a drive assembly that drives a soil auger into the ground to anchor a drive tower of the irrigation system. The soil auger is rotatably driven about a vertical axis and movable vertically relative to the drive tower. The soil auger includes a lower tip, a multi-sided head at an upper end, and a helical screw portion between the lower tip and the upper end. The drive assembly includes a sleeve member with an inner surface that mates with the head of the soil auger and allows the soil auger to slide within the sleeve member while rotating together with the sleeve member. A bit cleaner assembly is arranged to engage the helical screw portion of the soil auger to clean soil from the auger and to cause the auger to move vertically relative to the sleeve member upon rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Polaris Products LLC
    Inventor: James R. Frager
  • Patent number: 9968702
    Abstract: The air freshener consists of a small box formed by coupling together two parts (1, 2) in the form of box halves that can be tightly fitted together, with a perfume-impregnated cellulose block (5) between them. The cellulose block (5) is separated from the bottoms of the boxes and from the side walls by ledges (6) provided on the bottoms of both the female part (1) and the male part (2), and by partitions (7) provided on the male part (2), near the side walls thereof. The box has windows for air inlet (9) and for outlet (8) of the air impregnated with the perfume contained in the cellulose block (5). On the outside of the box there are conformations defining a dovetail joint (10) for securing a clip (11) which, when released from this mounting formed by the conformations (10), can be coupled to an outer recess in the bottom of the male part (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: L & D S.A.U.
    Inventor: David Fernandez Torres
  • Patent number: 9949449
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a fluid-emission device. An example fluid-emission device includes a tubular body, a fluid-source coupler, and a tip member disposed opposite the tubular body from the fluid-source coupler. A fluid-transmission lumen in the tubular body fluidly couples the tip member to the fluid-source coupler. The tip member includes a plate having a plurality of fluid-emission lumens that fluidly couple the fluid-transmission lumen to an environment outside the tubular body. The tip member includes a spearhead disposed opposite the plate from the fluid-transmission lumen. The tip member has a spacer disposed between the plate and the spearhead to separate the spearhead from the fluid-emission lumens. The fluid-emission device can be used by inserting the tip member into material and delivering fluid to a target, such as delivering water or fertilizer to plant roots or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Wiser Watering LLC
    Inventor: Tom Ryan
  • Patent number: 9949448
    Abstract: A modular in-line drip emitter may include a flow restrictor and a replaceable attachment. The flow restrictor may provide fluid communication between an inlet and a fluid outlet chamber. The flow restrictor may include rate limiting fluid path producing a predefined range of flow rate over a predefined pressure differential range between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The attachment may be sized and shaped to mount to the flow restrictor. In some embodiments the attachment includes an inlet opening oriented for receiving fluid from a conduit and a fluid outlet attachable to the fluid inlet of the flow restrictor. In some embodiments the attachment includes a sleeve fitting into a conduit with an annular outlet chamber attachable to the outlet chamber of the flow restrictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Amirim Products Development & Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Amir Cohen
  • Patent number: 9950328
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispersing particles in a fluid, comprising: a flow divider for receiving the fluid and for separating the fluid into a first fluid stream and a second fluid stream; first and second fluid branches for receiving the fluid streams; a branch joining section for receiving the fluid streams, the branch joining section having a collision zone for allowing the first and second fluid streams to collide; a first nozzle that is arranged in the first fluid branch; and a second nozzle is arranged in the second fluid branch, the first nozzle comprising an orifice that is followed by a fluid diverging section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB
    Inventor: Ashok Vellaiah Retnaswamy
  • Patent number: 9943045
    Abstract: An emitter is arranged inside a tube and has: an emitter main body that is constituted by a resin molded body that has at least a recessed part and a through hole; and a flexible film that is joined to at least one surface of the emitter main body and that forms a flow path by closing off the recessed part and an opening part of at least one part the through hole. The emitter has a discharge amount adjusting part that is for making adjustments in accordance with the water pressure inside the tube. When the pressure of an irrigation liquid that is inside the tube is at or above a set value, the film slackens, and the discharge amount adjusting part narrows the flow path of the liquid and reduces flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kidachi
  • Patent number: 9925351
    Abstract: An aromatherapy device includes a housing forming two annular wells for retaining a scented fluid therein. Each well includes an insert positioned in the well to assist the retention of the fluid in the well by providing a second contact surface for the fluid to contact. The shape of the annular well and the viscosity of the fluid discourage the fluid from leaking out of the housing if laid on its side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jennifer K. Keener
  • Patent number: 9914145
    Abstract: A liquid diffuser includes a base, a liquid reservoir, a spout for resting on the reservoir and having an upper opening, a fan, a polymeric gasket encircling the liquid reservoir, and a cover. The gasket includes a flange extending over a portion of an upper surface of the base that extends laterally beyond the liquid reservoir. The cover is sized and configured to be positioned over and around the liquid reservoir and the spout, and to rest upon the flange of the gasket. Methods of assembling such a liquid diffuser include resting the spout upon the liquid reservoir, and resting the spout upon the flange of the gasket over the base. Method of using such a liquid diffuser include powering a transducer for generating atomized droplets of the liquid, and supplying power to the fan to carry the atomized droplets of the liquid out from the diffuser with forced airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Scentsy, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Osborn, Bryce Fisher, Diogo Myrrha, Ephraim Sng, Ezra Kwong, Mark Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9914143
    Abstract: A sprinkler can include a nozzle turret having a removable nozzle carrier. For example, the nozzle carrier can be removably installed within a recess of a nozzle housing. The nozzle carrier can include one or more nozzle ports configured to receive sprinkler nozzles. The nozzles can have varying characteristics including flow rate, output range, spray pattern, etc. In some cases, a primary nozzle can be removably coupled with the nozzle carrier. The primary nozzle can include a body (e.g., inlet) portion having a first axis and a tapered (e.g., outlet) portion having a second axis non-parallel to the first axis. The primary nozzle can be configured to be installed in the nozzle carrier in at least two orientations. In some cases, one or more secondary nozzles are removably or permanently connected to the nozzle carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Clark, Zachary B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9909548
    Abstract: A fuel injector includes an injection-port forming member, a passage forming member, and a positioning member. The passage forming member is in contact with the injection-port forming member. The positioning member that is a partially ring shape spans and is externally fitted to the injection-port forming member and the passage forming member, and executes a positioning between the injection-port forming member and the passage forming member. The injection-port forming member and the passage forming member include continuous flat surfaces that can be connected with each other, respectively. The positioning member includes an opposite flat surface that faces both the continuous flat surfaces in a case where the positioning member is externally fitted to the injection-port forming member and the passage forming member, and a pressing portion that inwardly presses the outer peripheral wall portions such that the continuous flat surfaces are in contact with the opposite flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makoto Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9907118
    Abstract: A current applying apparatus includes a pair of electrodes configured to contact a workpiece to apply an electric current to the workpiece, and a bus bar arranged to extend along the workpiece. At least one of the electrodes includes a moving electrode configured to move relative to the bus bar and the workpiece such that an electric current flows between the bus bar and the workpiece through the moving electrode, the moving electrode being connected to the bus bar so as to be movable relative to the bus bar, and the moving electrode being configured to contact the workpiece so as to be movable relative to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NETUREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hironori Ooyama, Kunihiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9895702
    Abstract: A single pushbutton device includes a housing, a bushing, a water channel assembly, and a rotary assembly. The bushing and the rotary assembly are mounted inside of the housing, the water channel assembly is mounted around of the rotary assembly, and a button is through a hole of the housing. When push down the button, a rotary sleeve of the rotary assembly is rotated, a bump of the rotary sleeve is rotated along multiple noses of the multiple abutting inserts of the water channel assembly to sequentially press down the abutting inserts, further open different waterways, and output water with different spray or bubbling forms. Given the foregoing structure, the single pushbutton device is compact, facilitates quick and convenient operation, and requires less force exerted thereon for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN RUNNER INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zheng-zhen Lei
  • Patent number: 9889323
    Abstract: A multi-member assembly including a first structural member, a second structural member opposed from the first structural member, a crossover seal positioned between the first and second structural members, wherein the crossover seal defines a bore, and an end cap including a cap portion and a plug portion protruding from the cap portion, wherein the plug portion is at least partially received in the bore such that the cap portion bridges the first and second structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Scott M. Livingston, Jack W. Mauldin, Robert P. Lotter, Paul B. Philipp, Khalid S. Alshobber, John N. Harris
  • Patent number: 9889718
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body panel coupled to a vehicle frame and having an outer surface and an inner surface, a thermal structure disposed proximate the inner surface of the body panel, wherein the thermal structure includes at least one of a heat-emitting portion and a heat-absorbing portion, wherein the thermal structure is in communication with the outer surface of the body panel to define an ambient temperature portion and a differential temperature portion, and wherein the differential portion is in communication with the thermal structure and cooperates with the thermal structure to generate a predetermined pattern. A controller having at least one of a humidity sensor and a temperature sensor is in communication with the outer surface of the body panel, wherein the controller operates the thermal structure according to data delivered to the controller from at least one of the humidity and temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford GLobal Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jedidiah Paul Durkin
  • Patent number: 9878335
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spray mixer for mixing and spraying at least two flowable components. The spray mixer (22) is provided with a tubular outer mixer housing (23) which extends in the direction of a mixer longitudinal axis (24) from a mixer start (25) to a distal mixer end (26). A mixer inner housing (29) which accommodates a mixer element (33) is arranged in the mixer outer housing (23). A mixer compressed air inlet (31) is arranged at the mixer start (25). The mixer compressed air inlet (31) is connected by means of a mixer compressed air channel (30) to an annular mixer compressed air outlet (32) which encloses a mixer outlet opening (35). In the operation of the spray mixer (22), compressed air is supplied via the mixer compressed air inlet (31), flows through the mixer compressed air channel (30) to the mixer compressed air outlet (32) and atomizes and sprays the material emerging from the mixer outlet opening (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventors: Jörg Müller, Richard Lavelanet